The research focus is on identifying plant-environment-interactions in the context of crop management.
Special emphasis is placed on physiological processes in plants affected by water supply, nutrients and atmospheric CO2. In terms of smart farming, model- and sensor-based systems are being developed particularly for irrigation scheduling. Plant responses to drought stress are analyzed with non-destructive, robust proxy sensing systems for greenhouse crops. Irrigation demand of open field crops is measured (Eddy covariance) or estimated by climate parameters.
Potential impacts of climate change on vegetable crops are measured in controlled as well as open field conditions (FACE-system). Effects of elevated CO2 and shifting precipitation patterns on growth, yield and quality of vegetables are of particular interest.